9 Things You Need at Home to Make Plastic Surgery Recovery Comfortable

Did you know that plastic surgery recovery can be a pleasant experience? Many of our patients expect extensive downtime and significant discomfort and are delighted when they realize how easy recovery can be. 

By organizing your affairs and house before heading into surgery, you can prepare yourself for a straight-forward, relaxing, and enjoyable period of downtime. 

The type of surgery you receive will impact the length of time you spend resting and recovering, but if you’re prepared you can enjoy those few days or a couple of weeks. 

What do you need for a great recovery after plastic surgery? We recommend the following nine items.

1) A Helping Hand

Plain and simple, you’re going to need help as you recover from plastic surgery. 

While you don’t need someone waiting on you hand and foot, you may need assistance with little daily tasks like driving home from surgery, walking the dog, or running out to the store. 

Patients with small children will definitely need help with childcare as patients are unable to lift for several weeks after most surgical procedures.

2) Entertainment

Get ready to binge! If you’ve been wanting to watch some serious Netflix, after surgery you’ll probably have time. Prefer to read? Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to dive into for months.  

Downtime after surgery will mean plenty of sitting on the couch or lying in bed – the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself and indulge in some TV and literature.

3) Comfortable Clothes

As you recover from surgery, your comfort is paramount. Comfy clothing is a must. 

You should avoid stretching as much as possible, as it can pull apart incisions and sutures and slow the healing process. Loose clothing allows you to slip into and out of your attire without too much movement. We recommend button-up tops after breast surgeries.

4) Sanitizing Products

After surgery, your body will have incisions that need to heal. By keeping on top of sanitizing your hands and incisions, you can minimize any potential risk of infection. 

Using antibacterial soaps and hand gels will keep your hands and environment germ-free.

5) First Aid Kit

Our team of elite surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg will teach you how to care for your incisions as you heal.

You may find it helpful to have gauze, antibiotic ointment, and bandaging available.

6) Filled Prescriptions

No one wants to go to the pharmacy after surgery. 

If you can, go to the pharmacy and get any prescriptions you’ll need before your surgery. By doing so, you can return directly home after your procedure and not worry about having to make any unnecessary stops along the way.

7) Supplements and Vitamins

Anytime when our bodies are a little bit down is a great time to give them a helping hand. Particularly as you recover from plastic surgery, you might want to be extra kind to your immune system and organs with over-the-counter multivitamins and other supplements. 

This can give your body that extra little edge it needs to heal that extra bit faster. Always talk with your surgeon about any medications or supplements you’re using.

8) Ready-Made Meals

You don’t want to be worrying too much about planning, shopping, and preparing your meals during your recovery. You want to eat. 

Some easily stored meals like pasta bakes, rice pilafs, and stir-fries are great ideas to make before your surgery. Having these ready in the refrigerator or freezer for when your hungry will make your recovery that much easier and your tummy that much happier. 

9) Water

So many people overlook the role of hydration in recovering from surgery. You need to stay hydrated so you can flush medications and anesthesia out of your system effectively.  

Water also improves your mood; it boosts your energy and helps with your digestion. Having drinking water ready and available – and ensuring to consume plenty of it – will make a big difference during your recovery.

By organizing this help, food, and supplies, you can make your recovery from plastic surgery a time where you can get back to yourself and enjoy some proper rest and relaxation. 

If you have any other questions about plastic surgery recovery, or would like to book a consultation with the team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, call 540-371-7730 or fill in our online form.

Mommy Makeover Series: Recovery

When you have a mommy makeover, you’re making a big investment in your physical and mental health. Common mommy makeover procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery and labiaplasty, can reduce pain and discomfort over the long term by correcting damage done to the abdomen and vagina during pregnancy and childbirth. If you are having a tummy tuck as part of your mommy makeover, here’s what you can do to reduce the amount of pain you experience and ensure a speedy recovery:

5 Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips

  1. Arrange to take at least one week off of work after you have a tummy tuck

You’ll need to wear surgical drains for about a week after your tummy tuck… And these aren’t an encumbrance you’ll want to have to deal with while you’re busy at the office! As such, you should book a week off of work following your tummy tuck in order to allow your body to dedicate all of its energy to healing.

  1. Have help if you have young children

You won’t be able to lift more than 25 pounds for about a month after having a tummy tuck. If your children are still young (as in, under the age of six) you will therefore need help with childcare duties while you recover from your mommy makeover with tummy tuck.

  1. Set up a “recovery area” for yourself

You will have to get up and walk around a little bit each day after you have surgery in order to maintain good blood flow and minimize the risk of blood clots.

To avoid unnecessary pain, we recommend that you create a special “recovery area” that contains everything you will need within easy reach. Your recovery area should include:

  • Any medications you will be taking. Taking pain medication on a regular schedule is necessary in order to prevent pain flare-ups. (Pain is much easier to prevent than it is to control once it has already occurred.)
  • Device chargers. Make sure to situate all of your device chargers in a location where you can reach them without having to bend over.
  • A bed with at least four pillows, or a recliner. You will need to keep both your head and feet slightly elevated while you rest, so having additional pillows or using a recliner is helpful. You may also find a full body pillow useful.
  1. Exparel

Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg introduces EXPAREL® PAIN MANAGEMENT. Our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Heppe and Dr. Bautista, and board eligible Dr. Aflaki are always researching ways to improve the patient’s experience, and the doctors feel this new product will significantly enhance post operative comfort.

  1. Ask your surgeon for recovery instructions

Each mommy makeover with tummy tuck procedure has its own post-operative protocol—and it’s incredibly important that you adhere to said protocol. Because you will be groggy right after you have a mommy makeover with tummy tuck, we advise obtaining a document that outlines the steps you should take to recover safely from each procedure you’ve had. Make a few copies of this document and give a copy to your partner or your caregiver (keep a copy for yourself as well). This will ensure that you don’t overlook any important steps while healing.

If you have any further questions about mommy makeover recovery or you wish to book a consultation, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to guide you throughout your mommy makeover journey and make sure that you achieve the body of your dreams.